Release no. C-626.
Filmed December 3 to 10, 1932. See the 'miscellaneous' section below for details.
Title sheet prepared by William Terhune on January 23, 1933.
Cutting continuity submitted February 5, 1933.
Released March 11, 1933. It was the 121st film in the series to be released.
Copyrighted March 13, 1933, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Corporation. Registration no. LP3716. Renewed
October 13, 1960, with registration no. R264099. This copyright is currently due to expire at the end of 2028.
Opening title: 'Hal Roach presents Our Gang in "Forgotten Babies".'
King World Productions episode no. 36, available in both colorized and original black-and-white versions.
- Produced by Robert F. McGowan for
- This is the way Maltin & Bann put it. The film credits Roach as a presenter, with a separate credit
reading "A Robert McGowan Production."
- Directed by Robert F. McGowan
- This credit appears in the film, but without his middle initial.
- Photographed by Art Lloyd
- This credit appears in the film.
- Edited by Jack Ogilvie
- This credit appears in the film. The synopsis for this film credits the recently departed Richard
- Recording Engineer: James Greene
- This credit appears in the film.
- Animal trainer: Tony Campanaro
- He trained the current Pete.
- Released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
- Indicated in the opening title card.
- Passed by the National Board of Review
- As indicated in the film.
- Western Electric System
- As indicated in the film.
- studio personnel
- general manager - Henry Ginsberg
- assistant general manager - L. A. French
- secretary-treasurer - C. H. Roach
- assistant secretary - Mat O'Brien
- film editor and sound department - Elmer Raguse
- construction supervisor - C. E. Christensen
- laboratory superintendent - Charles Levin
- optical effects supervisor - Roy Seawright
- still photographer - Bud "Stax" Graves
- transportation director - Bob Davis
- school teacher - Fern Carter
- possible uncredited involvement
- assistant direction - Probably Don Sandstrom.
- writing - Robert F. McGowan probably headed story
development, while Carl Harbaugh, Frank Terry, Charlie Hall, Robert A. McGowan and Gordon
Douglas may have been among the gag writers.
- property department - Charles Oelze, Don
Sandstrom, Thomas Benton Roberts and Bob Saunders were probably involved in this capacity.
- titles - Louis McManus probably designed the main titles.
- George "Spanky" McFarland as "Spanky"
- Lead role. He's given the task of caring for eight toddlers and babies while the gang goes swimming.
- the big kids
- Dickie Moore
- Small part. He convinces Spanky to take care of the babies. His name doesn't turn up in the dialogue,
but the cutting continuity introduces him by his full name.
- Matthew "Stymie" Beard as "Stymie"
- Small part. He keeps Cotton on a fishing line. He has a good amount of dialogue in the opening scene.
- Bobby "Wheezer" Hutchins
- Small part. The nickname doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but is indicated in the cutting continuity.
He has a couple of lines of dialogue.
- Johnny Collum as "Uh-huh"
- Small part. He's shown with the older kids, but only has one line of dialogue.
- Tommy Bond
- Small part. He's given a closeup, but no dialogue.
- Dorothy "Echo" DeBorba
- Small part. Her name doesn't turn up in the dialogue, but is indicated in the cutting continuity.
She's purely an ensemble player in this film.
- Dickie Jackson
- Small part. He only does ensemble acting in this film.
- David Holt
- Small part. This is the boy with the Dutch-boy haircut among the older kids. He's purely an ensemble player.
- the toddlers and babies
- Dickie Hutchins
- Supporting role. He's the boy who repeatedly says 'Remarkable!'
- Bobbie "Cotton" Beard as "Cotton"
- Supporting role. He plays with the vacuum cleaner and rides on the turntable, among other things.
- Murlin Powers
- Supporting role. He's the boy who keeps climbing up the stairs. He also worked in the Charley Chase comedy
"Nature In The Wrong" during the making of this Our Gang film.
- Tommy "Dynamite" McFarland
- Supporting role. He collapses the bed and fills the bathtub, among other things.
- Madeline McGowan
- Supporting role. She's the girl who falls from the kitchen chair. She was the daughter of Robert A. "Anthony Mack"
McGowan, occasional series director.
- Bobby Watson
- Small part. Later famously known as Bobs Watson. There's a shot of him smiling for the camera.
- Barbara Stevenson and Patsey Edwards
- Small parts. One of these is the baby that keeps blinking, and the other is the baby with the hiccups, but I don't know which is
- questionable listing
- Maltin & Bann list Duke Sexton as one of the kids, but he was an adult that was working with one of the other units
while this short was being made.
- Pete the Pup IV
- Supporting role. He's present during the babysitting sequence, but isn't given that much to do.
- Bit part. The MGM lion appears at the opening of the film.
- other animals
- Small parts. The two goldfish are real while they're in the bowl, but fake when Spanky tries to catch them.
- Estelle Ettere as "Miss Ettere," and as the voice of "Mary Dangerfield"
- Small part. Listed in the 1977 edition as Belle Hare. As "Miss Ettere," she's the telephone
operator who traces the call. She's also "Mary Dangerfield," the character in the radio program who's
- Billy Gilbert as the radio announcer for station NIX, and as the voice of "Dr. Nemo"
- Small part. He's heard but not seen, playing the part of two radio voices.
- Harry Bernard as one of the cops
- Small part. He's the cop that does the talking.
- Dick Gilbert as one of the cops
- Small part. He accompanies the other cop.
- woman 121 as one of the telephone operators
- Small part. This is the operator seated on the left. Maltin & Bann apparently meant their listing of
Ruth Hiatt for her, but I don't think this is a match.
- other adults
- Small part and bit part.
- (1.) The one remaining telephone operator, seated on the right. Maltin & Bann list Madeline McGowan as an adult, perhaps implying that
she was one of the operators, but she's actually one of the kids.
- (2.) The only adult left is whoever dubbed in the baby's hiccups.
- "Good Old Days" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931.
- (A1.) This is played over the opening titles and as we're introduced to the kids. The last half-verse is
repeated as we see Cotton in a cage and the end title appears.
- "Candy Candy" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Dec. 23, 1930. This is played as the kids talk about baby brothers and storks. The first half
is played again at a slower tempo, with a short bit repeated, as the older kids return to the house.
- "Beautiful Lady" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. The first half of this piece is played as the kids ponder leaving the babies
on their own. The first part is repeated as Spanky retrieves the baby from the stairs and the toddlers start to get into
things. The same portion is repeated again as Cotton plays with the vacuum cleaner and the little girl gives limburger to Pete.
- "Little Dancing Girl" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. Also known as "Dancing Girl" and "Dancing Girls." Most of
this piece is played as the older kids convince Spanky to take care of the babies. It's played in its entirety as
Spanky gets the goldfish out of his pants and carries the pillow up the stairs. This is the version reproduced on the
first Beau Hunks CD.
- "Teeter-Totter" by Leroy Shield
- This piece is played, with the first verse and middle part repeated, as Spanky begins to tell the babies
about Tarzan. It's played again as Spanky tries to catch the goldfish.
- "In My Canoe" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as Spanky describes various animals in the jungle. This is the
version reproduced on the first Beau Hunks CD.
- "Bride's Song" by Leroy Shield
- This is played as Spanky finishes his story.
- "Intermezzo" by Leroy Shield
- This is played as Spanky glues the baby to the floor and the toddlers start throwing things and knocking
- "Look At Him Now" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted 1931. This is played as Cotton rides on the turntable and Tommy collapses the bed.
- "Bells" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Jan. 10, 1931. This is played as the telephone operators are overhearing the radio broadcast.
- "Sliding" by Leroy Shield
- Copyrighted Aug. 13, 1931. Also known as "Swells." Part of this piece is played as the cops
arrive at the house.
- Hal E. Roach Studios, Culver City
- Footage was shot on stage #2 (Spanky's house) from Dec. 3rd to 7th, and 9th and 10th.
- Motor Avenue, Los Angeles
- Footage was shot here on Dec. 8th.
- Ballona Creek, Culver City
- In his interview with Buddy McDonald, Richard Bann revealed that this location was used for this film, no
doubt for the opening scenes.
- 8915 Carson Street, Culver City
- As the police answer the emergency call, they pull up on this street, with its distinctive bend shown in the background. The house at 8915 is
shown on the right side, while the water tower of the Selznick studio can be seen in the far background.
7 shooting dates went into the making of this film. Six weeks had passed since shooting finished for "Fish
Hooky" (no. 120). The studio was closed during one of those weeks. Shooting for "Forgotten Babies"
started on Dec. 3rd and continued until Dec. 10th. No shooting took place on Dec. 4th, which was a Sunday.
The 1932 studio datebook gives quite a few details about each of the shooting dates, which read as follows:
Sat., Dec. 3 - G-14 (Begin) Shooting - McGowan directing - Spanky's house - Stage #2
- weather clear
Sun., Dec. 4 - Sunday
Mon., Dec. 5 - G-14 Shooting - McGowan directing - Spanky's house - Stage #2 - weather clear
Tue., Dec. 6 - G-14 Shooting - McGowan directing - Spanky's house - Stage #2 - weather clear
Wed., Dec. 7 - G-14 Shooting - McGowan directing - Spanky's house - Stage #2 - weather clear
Thu., Dec. 8 - G-14 Shooting - McGowan directing - Location - Motor Avenue - weather clear
Fri., Dec. 9 - G-14 Shooting - McGowan directing - Spanky's house - Stage #2 - weather - Showers early - clear
Sat., Dec. 10 - G-14 - Spanky's house - Stage #3 - weather clear - production finished
It seems apparent that the living room footage probably took place on Stage #2, since four shooting dates were spent there.
The radio program is called "The Thirteenth Murder." Maltin & Bann call it "The Thirteenth Hour."
Reel one ends the first time Spanky retrieves the baby from the staircase.
The script submitted to MGM was given the catalog number B422.
According to a Variety item of May 3, 1950, this short was 'tradeshown' in New York on May 1st by
Monogram in anticipation of the reissue to theaters of the Our Gang shorts as "The Little Rascals." Two others
shorts were shown with it: "Dogs Is Dogs" (no. 110) and "Mama's Little Pirate"
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Vol. 18
(VHS) from Cabin Fever and
- The Little Rascals Remastered & Unedited Volume
Four (3 LD set) from Cabin Fever
- Released 1995. This is a complete original print with excellent picture quality. The total footage lasts
16:44. This version has appeared on numerous bootlegs.
- The Little Rascals - The Complete Collection
(8 DVD set) from Genius Products
- Released late Oct. 2008. This is identical to the Cabin Fever version.
- The Little Rascals Comedy Classics Vol. 1
(VHS) from NTA Home Entertainment
- Released Apr. 1991. This is a home movie print from Blackhawk. The opening title is remade, but the crew
credits and end title are original. The picture quality is very good. The original footage totals 16:27, but the
original soundtrack lasts an additional 0:08.
- The Little Rascals Book II (VHS) from
- This is the Blackhawk print.
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